“This is basically an all-star cast recording. They got all of the people who were amazing in their roles over the years, and they formed a supergroup. I have two DVDs of this, so I’m a big, big fan. They had two stages – one was for the performers, the other for what was happening in the musical. So you had people acting it out while the all-star people were singing. They’re doing it large.
“To this day, this is my favorite musical, and I am a fan of musicals – I don’t care who knows it. I’ve seen everything from Wicked to The Book Of Mormon, and I don’t make any bones of the fact that I love both.
“But Les Miz is not only my favorite musical, but it’s also my favorite story. I love the book, which I read as a kid, and I identified so much with Jean Valjean. The struggle to find out who you are, to come out of darkness and strive to be a better person – that’s what the last 10 years of my life has been about.
“To this day, I can listen to this special album and get so lost in it. There are songs on it that make me bawl my eyes out. This was years before Susan Boyle came out and did her version of I Dreamed A Dream. If you really want to feel some serious shit, listen to the version that’s on this album. If you don’t end up in tears, you don’t have a soul.”